Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Brisbane may find out as soon as July whether it has won the right to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
- The IOC may give Brisbane the nod to host the 2032 Games in three months’ time when the Tokyo Olympics are held
- The Queensland government is relieved to have agreed to a joint infrastructure funding deal with the Commonwealth
- Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the funding agreement will allow the Gabba redevelopment to go ahead
The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Future Host Summer Commission designated Brisbane as the “preferred candidate city” to host the 2032 Games in February.
The state government struck a 50-50 infrastructure funding deal with the federal government for Brisbane’s Olympics bid on Monday afternoon.
Ms Palaszczuk said guarantees had been sent to the IOC, which could award the 2032 hosting rights as soon as the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to begin in late July.
“That’s the next big step, there’s another big step in May and then of course there could be a decision as soon as Tokyo about awarding 2032,” she said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed to the joint funding arrangement, provided that a jointly owned, funded and run Olympic infrastructure agency was be set up to oversee all projects.
Mr Morrison said it would be a “genuine partnership” with shared costs and responsibilities.
“This takes the Olympics out of the day-to-day politics,” he said in a statement on Monday.
“It provides a platform for bipartisan support at every level of government and let’s those who we will jointly appoint to get this job done, to just get on with it.”
The Queensland government said it received the Commonwealth offer at 3:57pm (AEST) on Monday, just over an hour before the deadline for guarantees to be sent to the IOC.
Ms Palaszczuk had been calling for the deal to be concluded for at least two weeks before the deadline.
She said the IOC, its president, Thomas Bach, and lawyers had gone through the Brisbane bid’s guarantees on Monday night and the Games would be “good to go”.
“I thank the Prime Minister for getting me such a prompt response,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The 2032 bid has been supported by the Australian Olympic Committee.
Ms Palaszczuk said the funding deal would allow a redevelopment of the Gabba to the main stadium at a cost of more than $1 billion, as well as a host of other infrastructure projects to go ahead, including other venues, roads and community facilities.
She said the Queensland government had a strong track record of joint projects with the Commonwealth government.
“We do this around Queensland with a whole range of projects, and we can definitely do it when it comes to the Olympics,” she said.
“So it will set Queensland up for decades to come. So Sydney [in 2000] had its time to shine, and in 2032, Brisbane, Queensland, it’s going to be fantastic.”
Ms Palaszczuk said she supported the establishment of a joint Olympic infrastructure agency.
“There’s always an independent agency, so what happens is once the Olympics is awarded the independent agency is essentially set up and it’s set up in statute,” she said.
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